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Getting to the Canterbury District


By road

The Canterbury district has excellent road links with the M20 (M25/M26) and M2 motorways providing easy links to London and its airports. The A2 and A260 connect Canterbury with the port of Dover and the Eurotunnel terminal in Cheriton near Folkestone. Herne Bay and Whitstable are both a short drive from Canterbury, via the A28/A291 and A290. 

Park and Ride

Canterbury Park and Ride is the greenest, cheapest and fastest way to get to the heart of the city and helps more than one million shoppers, commuters and visitors a year beat city centre congestion. The all day Park and Ride fee is £3.00 and customers can park in one of the 1,800 spaces available across the three sites at New Dover Road, Sturry Road and Wincheap. Each site is conveniently situated on the main routes into the city. Buses run approximately every eight minutes, Monday to Saturday, from 7am to 7.30pm.

By rail

Canterbury has two mainline railways stations, East and West and is served by frequent trains to and from London Charing Cross, London Victoria (approximately 90 minutes) and elsewhere in Kent. 

Passengers getting off at Eurostar at Ashford International will find that Canterbury is just a 20-minute rail journey.

Whitstable and Herne Bay are both on a direct line to London Victoria (approximately 80 minutes journey time).

By bus

The district is well served by Stagecoach East Kent buses from Canterbury Bus Station. Buses 4, 4A, 4B, 4X and 5 travel at regular intevals between Canterbury Bus Station and Whitstable town centre. For Herne Bay take either the 6, 6A, 6B, 6X or 7.

National Express coaches run to Canterbury from London Victoria Coach Station. 

By air

London Airports are all approximately under two hours drive from Canterbury City Centre. 

By sea

The Canterbury district is very close to mainland Europe. A day trip or stay is a great way to sample the continental atmosphere. Take the car ferry from Dover or take your vehicle through the Channel Tunnel from Folkestone.

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